Sharing Pride: All it Takes is One Video

Guest writer Lumesh Kumar is Senior Health Educator for CAPP/SRAE Programs at BronxWorks.

I have been working remotely from home and unable to facilitate the CAPP program to teens in person. My team and I were tasked with creating videos related to a variety of health topics. This was a unique opportunity to step away from the evidence-based intervention and have a bit of freedom and ability to put my spin on what I was presenting.

In June, National Pride Month, I wanted to create a video that would increase young people’s knowledge on the topic of LGBTQIA+. I created two videos: the first was an overview of the acronym LGBTQIA+ and the second was a history and trivia game. I was content with my audience being adolescents but I thought “why not expand this to the adult population?”​

As the co-chair of the Health Committee at BronxWorks, I was able to secure a spot with the training department to facilitate my live webinar as a professional development webinar open to all staff. ​

In the live webinar for BronxWorks, I provided a brief overview of each letter in the acronym LGBTQIA+, including symbols and flags associated with the acronym. I discussed gender, gender identity, gender expression, and biological sex just to name a few. After that, I played a trivia game where the staff learned about LGBTQIA+ history. ​

The staff who attended the webinar enjoyed and learned a lot of new information. Staff in the training commented on how informative this webinar was and wanted it to be something that all staff members were required to complete. The training department is considering this webinar to be part of the on-boarding process for new staff!​

When creating these videos I intended to reach youth to increase their knowledge on what the LGBTQIA+ acronym means. Unknowingly I was able to reach 40+ staff at my organization with the potential of reaching all new incoming staff.  ​

Below are my two recorded videos (temporarily hosted on the ACT for Youth Vimeo account). Please feel free to share with staff, parents, and teens!​

Where’s Your Pride: A Guide to LGBTQIA+

Test Your Knowledge: LGBTQIA+ Trivia

Thank you​.

~ Lumesh Kumar

Shared Resources from the Social Media Practice Work Group – 7/2/20

Shaquia Williams: How To Instagram

Spanish Action League of Onondaga County, Inc. – La Liga

We usually do not post our social media practice work group materials–after all, they’re just for practice! But we did want to share this great information from Shaquia on getting started with Instagram.

Thank you so much, Shaquia!

Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – July 2020

Michele Luc and Teresa Casullo: Reflection and Resources

PET Work Group meeting – 7/1/20 (recording)

For downloadable resources, visit this Hub post (the CAPP and PREP blog).

Zoee Davidson & Katiana Partis:
Teen Peer Ed & Social Media

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

PET Work Group meeting – 7/15/20 (recording)

Zoee and Katiana presented on how they use social media as a foundation for engaging their peer educators as well as how their peer educators use social media as a tool to educate other youth. The intended audience is educators who work with (or plan to work with) peer educators.  The presentation, which was developed on Canva, can be shared/presented on any platform where PowerPoint can be shared (e.g. Zoom) and can be viewed on any web browser by clicking on the link.

Teen Peer Ed & Social Media presentation

Thank you Zoee and Kati!

Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – June 2020

Teresa Casullo: Teens Helping Teens

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

In our first work group meeting, co-facilitator Teresa Casullo shared information about PPGNY’s Teens Helping Teens group in Schenectady, including their community work, retreats, and other activities, as well as an example of a virtual meeting.Teens Helping Teens – PPGNY peer educatorsDOWNLOAD

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 6/3/20 (recording)
Teresa’s presentation begins at 29:53.

Kailin Kucewicz: Peer Educators Empowering People

Native American Community Services

In our June 17th meeting, Kailin Kucewicz shared detailed information about her peer education group, Peer Educators Empowering People. Her presentation included a description of the group, the PSA development process, PEEPs virtual activities and events, and nuts and bolts about how the group is run.Peer Educators Empowering People – NACSDOWNLOAD

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 6/17/20 (recording)
Kailin’s presentation begins at 15:45.

Here are the links for some of the things Kailin talked about in the presentation:

PEEPs Hours Log

PEEPs 2020 Calendar

NACS Facebook Page

NACS Instagram

Thank you, Kailin and Teresa, for these inspirational examples and practical resources!

Reading Club Selection for 7/24/20

Join us Friday at 11:00 for a discussion of non-binary identity, and what it is like for non-binary youth growing up today. Our jumping off point is this article from the New York Times:

The Struggles of Rejecting the Gender Binary

If you are unable to access the article, let me know at ks548@cornell.edu.

Remember to register here. Talk to you soon!

~ Karen

Reading Club Selection for July 10, 2020

This week for the club we are going with a video: learn from children and teens about what it’s like Growing Up Trans in this PBS/Frontline documentary.

And if you want to learn more (though it’s not necessary to watch this before the meeting), take a look at this MTV Doc: Transformation.

Don’t forget to register for the meeting.

Have a great week and let’s talk on Friday!

Positive Youth Development 101 Web Series

At a time when face-to-face trainings are not feasible, please join us for a series of webinars exploring positive youth development (PYD) and its core principles and strategies. Drawing from the PYD 101 training curriculum we will introduce updated material and new resources. Although the PYD 101 training was developed with professionals new to the field of youth work in mind, it may serve as a good refresher for experienced youth work professionals.

July 7 at 10:00AM – PYD I: Foundations

In this webinar we will define positive youth development and explore key theoretical frameworks and research findings. We will also summarize the current understanding of adolescent development.

Register for PYD I here.

July 10 at 10:00AM – PYD II: Positive Youth Development Outcomes

One important principle of PYD is to focus on building positive youth outcomes instead of preventing or fixing problematic behavior. We will take a look at different outcome models. In addition, we will discuss and practice strategies for building positive outcomes through a strength-based approach.

Register for PYD II here.

July 14 at 10:00AM – PYD III: Youth Voice and Engagement

Another key principle of PYD is youth voice and engagement. We will explore ways to provide young people with meaningful roles and responsibilities. Authentic youth engagement, however, does not happen without addressing barriers such as adultism and other forms of adult resistance.

Register for PYD III here.

July 21 at 10:00AM – PYD IV: Youth Development Programming

In this final webinar we will review features of effective youth development programming, reflect on inclusive program environments, and explore youth-centered learning approaches and resources.

Register for PYD IV here.

Jutta Dotterweich

~ Jutta

Reading Club Selections for June 26, 2020

6/18/19 UPDATE – NOTE NEW DATE. This meeting will be held on June 26 rather than June 19, due to the Juneteenth holiday.

This week we turn to the topic of the effects of smart phones on young people. We have two articles. The first one makes large claims about the negative effects of smart phones, especially for mental health. The second is, in part, a critique of that view.

  1. Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
  2. Lisa Guernsey, Slate: Don’t Take Away Your Teen’s Phone

(If you have time to read just one article, make it the second one –Guernsey touches on the first article’s main points, so you’ll get the gist.)

Remember to register for the reading club meeting and join us at 11:00 on Friday!

Shared Resources from the SRAE Work Group

In April and May, SRAE providers presented on material they have developed and material they are still working on. Since SRAE is still a fairly new initiative, work group meetings also offered providers the opportunity to introduce themselves, their agencies, and the services they provide. Thanks to all for sharing ideas and resources!

April 20

Work Group meeting – April 20 (recording) 

Jennifer Quick, City of Rochester, presented a plan for a pilot “Caregiver and Me Circle,” a small group of caregivers and youth coming together and discussing puberty and other challenging topics. Several video clips and written material were explored.

Kerslie Valerio, BronxWorks, presented a video she produced for young people on keeping your mind active (during quarantine and other times).

Ways to Keep Your Mind Active (video)

April 27

Work Group meeting – April 27 (recording)

Marissa St.Onge, Caitlyn Miller, and Tyler Julian of Oswego County Opportunities presented on their SRAE work in rural Oswego County. They also shared material they developed for several social media platforms.

May 11

Work Group meeting – May 11 (recording)

Vickie Allen, Najua Baaith-Mercado, and Victor Norflee of Action for a Better Community in Rochester presented on their current virtual group meetings, including a gardening group.

May 18

Work Group meeting – May 18 (recording)

Elafteria Kopanos and Amrita Seegobind of the Leadership Training Institute presented on their virtual group meetings and topics, introducing a new virtual platform: ClassDojo.

May 26

Work Group meeting – May 26 (recording)

Keila Jimenez, Committee for Hispanic Families and Children, discussed their virtual weekly meeting schedule, highlighting partnerships such as a collaboration with a local bodega to provide food supplies for a weekly virtual cooking class.

Additional Reading Club scheduled for 6/12/20

To many of us our 6/5 discussion of this interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (main conversation starts 15 minutes in) felt like it just scratched the surface, so we are adding a meeting on Friday, 6/12, 11-12, to continue the discussion.

If you missed the first meeting, don’t hesitate to join us for this one. One topic to consider (though the discussion will not be limited to this):

  • Are there ways we can help young people connect across racial/ethnic lines?
  • What support or preparation do we need to do this?

Join us–I’m sure we will have another rich conversation! Register here.

~ Karen